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Spiced Old Fashioned

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This is the bourbon drink you need in your hand when the days get chilly and the fireplace is roaring. Think old fashioned but make it slightly spiced.

Ginger Old Fashioned

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN

This spiced old fashioned is a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!

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SPICED, SOPHISTICATED, & TASTY

I'm not a big bourbon fan, but my husband is. So when I got this idea for a spiced old fashioned, I knew exactly who to turn to for some taste testing. With my fall ideas and his taste for bourbon, we created this delicious spin on an old fashioned. I even enjoyed one or two of them. It's made with a spiced simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and bourbon (or rye), and topped with some grated burnt cinnamon. This bourbon is great during both the fall and winter.


SPICED OLD FASHIONED INGREDIENTS

Simple Syrup: This simple syrup is made with equal parts of sugar and water and spiced with fresh ginger, a cinnamon stick, whole cloves, and freshly grated nutmeg.

Angostura Bitters: Helps add in a little bit more of that spiced flavor.

Bourbon: The main character. You can also use rye.

HOW TO MAKE A SPICED OLD FASHIONED

In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Over medium heat, continuously stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Just as soon as all the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat. Add in 1 cinnamon stick, 2" long and 1/4" thick fresh ginger, 2 crushed whole cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg. Set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes. The longer you let the simple syrup sit with the spices, the more flavorful it will become. Strain when ready to use.

In a bourbon glass, combine 1/4 ounce spiced simple syrup and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters. Add one large ice cube. Then pour in 2 ounces of bourbon or rye. With a cocktail spoon, stir for at least 20 seconds.

Burn the end of a cinnamon stick until blackened and fragrant. Grate a small amount of cinnamon stick on top of the cocktail.

If desired, VERY CAREFULLY continue burning the end of the cinnamon stick until it catches fire, and garnish the cocktail with the burning cinnamon stick. Once the flame extinguishes, you can even stir the drink with the burnt end of the cinnamon for more burnt cinnamon flavor, if desired. *NOTE: the burning cinnamon stick smoke will make your house smell.. well, like burning cinnamon for awhile.* Cheers!



Cinnamon and Ginger Spiced Old Fashioned

SPICED OLD FASHIONED QUESTIONS

How long will the simple syrup last?
When covered and kept in the fridge, this simple syrup will last about a month. If you keep the whole spices in the simple syrup during storage, the flavor will become stronger!

What is an old fashioned?
The cocktail was created in the 19th century. An old fashioned (according to International Bartender Association) consists of bourbon or rye, a sugar cube, Angostura bitters, and water. The sugar cube is muddled with the bitters and water and then bourbon is added.


For this recipe:

Cinnamon Old Fashioned Recipe

Spiced Old Fashioned

This is the bourbon drink you need in your hand when the days get chilly and the fireplace is roaring. Think old fashioned but make it slightly spiced.

By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes

| Cooling Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

For the Simple Syrup:

• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 water
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 2 whole cloves, crushed
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
• 2 2" long x 1/4" thick fresh ginger

For the Cocktail:

• 1/4 ounce spiced simple syrup
• 3 dashes Angostura bitters
• 2 ounces bourbon, or rye
• 1 cinnamon stick, for garnish

Instructions

1. Make Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Over medium heat, continuously stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add in the cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside for at least 15 minutes. *The longer this simple syrup sits, the more flavorful it will be.* Strain when ready to use.
2. Make the Cocktail: In a bourbon glass, add 1/4 ounce spiced simple syrup and Angostura bitters. Add in one large ice cube.
3. Pour in the bourbon, and stir with a cocktail spoon for at least 20 seconds.
4. Burn one end of a cinnamon stick until blackened and fragrant. Grate a small amount on top of the prepared spiced old fashioned.
5. BE CAREFUL! If desired, continue to burn the one end of the cinnamon stick until it catches fire, and VERY CAREFULLY garnish the cocktail with the burning cinnamon stick. Once the flame extinguishes, you can mix the cocktail with the burnt end of the cinnamon for even more burnt cinnamon flavor. *NOTE- burning the cinnamon stick will make your house smell.. well, like burnt cinnamon, for awhile.*

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Category: Cocktails, Fall, Winter

Keywords: old fashioned, spiced simple syrup, fall old fashioned, bourbon cocktail

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October 26, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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